Here is a picture of yesterday evening at the Nørgaards' house. We fed everyone his/her own food in his/her own bowl, but what ended up happening was the two kittens thought the cheese on Albert's dog food looked delicious, so they moseyed over there, leaving him with no choice but to try their food. And as you can see from the picture, everyone seems pretty happy and pretty content.
I wish that differences in political views were handled the same way. I know this is a very simplistic view of things, but why can't folks realize that their own kind of food is not the ONLY kind of food? That there are other kinds of food out there that others find to be delicious. And that if we just TASTE them once, we might find that we can find some delicious elements in them as well (with the definite exclusion of leverpostej!!!)
Yes, I know that the HEALTHCARE SYSTEM is something much bigger than food. But don't we need both to survive? My European friends and family honestly cannot understand why so many Americans are so opposed to the healthcare system proposed by Obama (if you don't believe me, check out the dialogue I have been, ummmm, facilitating on my facebook wall! LOL) And even more how these same Americans could be considering voting for someone other than Obama. But that is because all of my European friends and family ONLY KNOW what their own food tastes like (and it tastes A LOT like what Obama is serving!!)
At the same time, my American friends and family cannot fathom why the Europeans are so curious about the American political agendas and why they are so opinionated about it.... but it is because the Europeans want to share the amazingness of their own dish with others because it has sustained them for so long.
So who is right?
But both sides cannot see that both sides are right.
I know that what works in Denmark CANNOT work in the US...at least not just yet. You cannot turn a ship with 300,000,000+ people who have done something the same way for 200+ years overnight (or in one presidential term).
Just like Albert cannot continue eating the kitten food, nor can the kittens continue eating Albert's food. They both need the nutrients from their own food to grow and develop.
But both systems, the US and Danish, should constantly be looking at each other to see if there is something they can LEARN from each other in order to IMPROVE for the benefit of their citizens.
After living in a welfare society for 4+ years, I can see the VALUE in what Obama is proposing for the American people. It is not a perfect solution, but it has definite MERIT because it is an attempt to take care of ALL the countries' citizens. Had I NOT lived in DK for the last 4+ years, I am sure I would think it was crazy, but now I have seen what it looks like when your entire society is taken care of..... Yes, I HATE my high taxes, but I love that I can walk my dog after midnight without fear of being the victim of a crime. I truly love the residual effects of those high taxes.... But Americans who have NOT lived in DK cannot truly understand that.....and they should not be faulted for it because they have not TASTED it yet.
So yep, my view is simplistic.
But I am pretty sure that there is some merit to it.
You never know..... when you taste another guy's dinner, you might find something even better than you imagined.